a fair crack of the whip
a chance to participate or compete on equal terms - British informal
1989 - T. M. Albert - Tales of the Ulster Detective – You might think that the police concocted the circumstances to deny these men a fair crack of the whip.
Related Idioms :
crack heads together
reprimand people severely, especially in the attempt to make them stop arguing.
crack a book
open a book and read it
study - North American informal
crack a bottle
open a bottle, especially of wine and drink it.
crack a crib
break into a house - British informal
the crack of dawn
very early in the morning
Crack here means the instant of time occupied by the crack of a whip.
crack of doom
a peal of thunder announcing the Day of Judgement
The idea of thunder announcing the Last Judgement comes from several passages in the book of Revelation (6 : 1 and 8 : 5).
make jokes - North American informal
paper over the cracks
disguise problems or divisions rather than trying to solve them
The phrase is a translation of a German expression used by the statesman Otto von Bismarck in a letter of 1865 and early uses refer to this.
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